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Tell Your Teenage Son or Daughter These Summertime Safe Driving Tips

Summer vacation is in full swing and the roads will be filled with more and more teenage drivers just learning how to operate a motor vehicle. It is perhaps no surprise that the number of car accidents involving or caused by teen drivers increases during the summer. Year after year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has seen a predictable spike in fatal car accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day. What can be done to lower these numbers and prevent teen car collisions altogether?

Here are a few easy safety tips each parent should tell his or her teenage son or daughter this summer:

  • Seatbelt safety: Teenagers are the most likely age group to not use a seatbelt. As the number one reason people survive car accidents, seatbelts remain incredibly important and cannot be ignored by a teenager. Reinforce this safety standard by always buckling up yourself whenever you’re in a car.
  • Buzzed driving: Studies from the National Safety Council (NSC) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have shown that there is no significant difference in the danger posed by buzzed driving versus drunk driving. Buzzed driving is extremely dangerous and reckless. Talk to your teenage son or daughter about how crucial it is to never drink and drive. Try to set up a system of trust and safety in which your teenage child can call you for a ride home if he or she gets drunk and does not have to fear any other disciplinary punishment.
  • No phone rule: Distracted driving has become just as dangerous and prevalent as drunk driving in recent years due to the increase in the popularity and usefulness of smartphones. Consider installing an app on your teenager’s phone that prevents use while the GPS registers movement above a certain speed. The best option is to never touch a cellphone while driving.
  • Passenger safety: Teenagers are notorious for piling too many people into their vehicles. No one should ever ride in a vehicle if he or she is not strapped in with a seatbelt. It is also not recommended that a new driver have more than one passenger in the vehicle at any time, as more passengers lead to more distractions.
  • Curfew hours: Adhering to a reasonable curfew hour is a great way to reduce the chances of your son or daughter getting into an accident. Many of the worst car crashes occur late into the night, when visibility is down and drunk driving incidents are up. Be sure to note that speeding is never a solution to getting home before curfew. Getting home 10 or 20 minutes late is much safer than speeding to get home on time but risking a traffic collision.

At the Law Offices of Robert Vaage, our San Diego personal injury attorneys take great pride in representing the wrongfully injured. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident, please reach out to us for a free consultation at (619) 739-4040.